Finland’s Femme En Fourrure (translated as ‘woman in fur’) straddle the line between being artfully risqué and cannily club-baiting. The hook-driven Helsinki duo, comprised of Sandra Tervonen and Juuso Malin flippantly say on their Facebook that their music is ‘made for DJs and catwalks; also: for nightly promenades and oceanside sexin’. In their playfulness they’ve manage to hit the figurative nail on its head: Femme En Fourrure are provocateurs and fashionistas operating on the dark side of the pop spectrum.

New single “Seer” continues their techno-influenced work they’ve laid down already through key releases like their dark 2013 debut 36-26-36, (released on Convex Industries), and their standalone EPs Smell and The Beach. Released on their own label FEF Corp., the A-side features pulsating sidechained bass and a Björk flavoured vocal from Sandra. The suspended intro gives way to quicksand sliding bass and rollicking kick drums.

The flip side ‘Eaten (with Stiletti-Ana)’ sounds like something straight from Grimes’ Visions. Built around a looping synth line that’s modulated to induce hedonistic feelings of euphoria, it sees Femme En Fourrure at once propelled along by a love of the immediacy of a beefy hook yet lost in hazy synthetic abandon if they ever catch themselves being too safe. Like the A-side it’s an exemplary display of mid-tempo electro – proving that when you slow dance music down a notch you can often serve up something more beguiling altogether.